Founded in Harlem in 1968, The Last Poets presented their passionate, self-critical poetry to reflect the atmosphere of hope and anger, revolution and redemption. Their story is now told by the Dutch author Christine Otten, in an audacious, jazzy novel, based on the The Last Poets’ life stories, from their youth in the ghetto to their love lives, triumphs and defeats. Against the background of the Last Poets’ sound and images, Brent Edwards discusses with Otten pivotal questions her novel raises about style and voice, race and privilege, power and imagination.
Sponsored by The European Institute, The Studies of the Dutch-Speaking World, The Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and The Center for Jazz Studies.
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